Manhattan GOP Chair Dan Isaacs assured his supporters in an email today that he has nothing to do with the alleged political bribery scheme that has already led to six arrests across the state.
“Nonetheless, if anyone harbors concern that there is ‘another shoe to drop’ here in Manhattan, I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that there is not,” Mr. Isaacs wrote. “Anyone who knows me and has worked with me during my involvement with the Republican Party knows that I value personal integrity over all else.”
The Bronx Republican Party chair and Queens Republican Party executive vice chair were arrested yesterday, along with State Sen. Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran, for allegedly taking part in a bribery scheme to try to land Mr. Smith, a Democrat, in the Republican primary. Jay Savino, the Bronx chair, allegedly received $15,000 and Mr. Tabone, the executive vice chair who resigned today, allegedly received $25,000 in bribe money.
Mr. Isaacs is not named in the criminal complaint, though there is a “County Chairman #1″ and “County Chairman #2″ in the complaint who are not accused of wrongdoing.
View his full letter below:
Dear Manhattan Republican:
I want to take this opportunity to reach out to you following yesterday’s shocking and disturbing arrests of four elected officials and two political leaders that has garnered media attention nationwide.
The alleged actions of those arrested are an outrage and a complete betrayal of the public trust. With three Democrats and three Republicans arrested, it also shows that corruption is not limited to an exclusive partisan provenance.
As you can imagine, I received numerous media inquiries following yesterday’s arrests. My response was simple: I believe that it is inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation, especially one where the allegations are so serious, until the appropriate authorities have been given the opportunity to completely and thoroughly conduct their investigation. I hope and expect that they will do so as quickly as possible and that justice will be served to anyone who has broken the law. No one is above the law.
Nonetheless, if anyone harbors concern that there is “another shoe to drop” here in Manhattan, I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that there is not. Anyone who knows me and has worked with me during my involvement with the Republican Party knows that I value personal integrity over all else. I demand it as much from myself as from those with whom I deal. There is an expectation and covenant that I have with those who have given me the responsibility to lead our local Republican organization which I simply will not betray.
Notwithstanding our collective disgust at yesterday’s revelations, we still have a tremendous amount of work to do. The two frontrunners to be the Republican candidate for Mayor of the City of New York are clearly head-and-shoulders above all other candidates for that office. It is absolutely essential that we elect our party’s candidate in November to ensure the future of our great city.
As you know, we are having our Spring Fling event tonight – an annual informal celebration designed to gather Republicans throughout Manhattan as we look forward to the coming campaign season. Tonight’s event will be a good opportunity to begin to restore trust in the concept of an honest and participatory political process and I sincerely hope that you will join us. For more information, please visit the events calendar on our web site at http://www.nycrepublican.org/calendar.htm.
Thank you again for all you do on behalf of our local Republican organization.
Yours in a common cause,
Daniel W. Isaacs
New York Republican County Committee